* Date : 2019-01-22
The MeToo movement has arrived in South Korea's athletic community, following the confessions of short-track Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee. Shim alleged that former coach Cho Jae-beom had abused her sexually, triggering public outrage. These revelations have raised concerns of other athlete victims who may be suffering in silence, drawing the attention of the media as well as South Korean policymakers. In the backdrop of the sexual allegations is the culture of violence, isolation, factional-infighting and competition in South Korea's sports community. Will Shim Suk-hee's confession fan the MeToo movement in sports and uproot its long-running history of physical and sexual violence? We sit down with our panel of foreign journalists to discuss this issue in more detail.
- Sakabe Tetsuo, Journalist / NNA
- Frank Smith, Correspondent / Press TV
- Kelly Kasulis, Journalist / PRI